From: CWDO [] on behalf of CWDO []
Sent: 08 August 2009 12:00
Subject: Bylaw Articles - Call for Member Vote August 8, 2009
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Bylaw Articles - Call for Member Vote  August 8, 2009
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Call to All Members: Vote on Bylaw Article Changes
Social Assistance Review
Upcoming Webinar: Life in Post Secondary School - August 18th at 7 pm EDT
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) actively promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, and member support and referral.  Our primary activity is public education and awareness about the social and physical barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ontario.

CWDO is proud to be Ontario's representative at the Council of Canadians with Disabilities since June, 2009.

Call to All Members:
Vote on Bylaw Article Changes

At CWDO's 2008 AGM, our Bylaw was passed by the members, with instructions to re-write two articles in plainer language.

All CWDO members are invited to vote on whether or not to accept these changes.

Deadline: August 31, 2009 at midnight EDT.

If you received this email newsletter directly (not forwarded to you by someone else), then you are on CWDO's Members' List.

Changes are proposed to two articles in our Bylaw - Article 35 and Article 56.  The changes are intended to make the meaning clearer, through use of plain language.

Click here to review and vote on these articles.

Social Assistance Review
On December 4, 2008, the Ontario government released its Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Strategy made a commitment to "undertake a review of social assistance" (p30). But what this means is still unclear.

The government has not yet released any terms of reference for the Review - so there is no indication how it will proceed, who will lead it, or how people with lived experience and local communities can be involved.

It's time for a review of social assistance that results in the kind of transformation that promotes economic security - because that's how poverty will be reduced.

We need a review that:
  • makes sure the voices of low-income people are heard
  • identifies and addresses the most punitive elements of the system right now
  • re-imagines and creates a system for the longer-term that moves people out of poverty by offering meaningful and appropriate resources and programs
  • starts soon - because people who rely on social assistance can't wait.
To keep updated on developments, go to the Social Assistance Review website.

- A message from Terrie Meehan, Chair, CWDO's ODSP Issues and Housing Committee (OIHC)

Webinar: Life in Post Secondary School -
Tips for Students with Disabilities
August 18, 2009 at 7 pm EDT

Presenter: Melissa Graham, CWDO Board Member and Advocate

Are you off to post-secondary school this year, or thinking about heading there in the future?

This Webinar will give you some tips on making your transition to post-secondary school as smooth and accessible as possible. Whether you're just considering a program, or already a seasoned student, there's a good chance you'll learn something new.

Come join us Tuesday August 18th at 7:00 pm in IDEAL Auditorium 1.

Click here to register for the Post Secondary Tips Webinar.

Webinar Accessibility:
  • JAWS compatible 
  • On-line Captioning
ASL, intervenor and notetaking assistance also can be arranged upon request. Your participation is important to us.  Please indicate your accommodation needs when you register.

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